What is a Baby Shower?

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A beautiful baby shower is the perfect way to celebrate one of life’s greatest milestones and for family and friends to express their joy at your pregnancy.

So what is a Baby Shower?

A baby shower is a party attended by friends and family to celebrate the impending birth of a new baby and ‘shower’ the mum to be with love and good wishes.  A baby shower typically includes food, games and also gifts for the new parents, to ensure they have everything they need ahead of the birth.

Baby showers for a second or even third child are becoming more common (as all babies should be celebrated). These baby showers are often referred to as a ‘baby sprinkle’.

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Who should throw the Baby Shower?

Anyone who is close to the mum to be can throw a baby shower such as a best friend, work colleague or a neighbour.

Traditionally baby shower etiquette dictates that the mum to be, their spouse or a family member shouldn't organise the party, to avoid the perception of asking for gifts. However, this is no longer the case and it is acceptable for close family members to host the shower - although it is still unusual for the mother to be to organise her own celebration.

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Who should attend the Baby Shower?

Baby showers are normally attended by female relatives and friends but it has become more common for men to be included in the celebration. It’s best to consult with the mum to be on the guest list and ask whether she wants a traditional or co-ed shower.

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When to have a Baby Shower?

A baby shower is normally held in the last trimester, normally 4-6 weeks before the baby’s due date. This gives the mum to be plenty of time to still shop for any remaining items she may need, not feel too run down or tired to socialise and prevent an untimely arrival of the little one.

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Where to have a Baby Shower?

Deciding on a location should be one of the first steps when planning a baby shower to work out how many guests you can accommodate. Whether it is an afternoon tea at a manor house, an intimate celebration at someone's house or a room at the village hall, there are many places you can host a baby shower. Make sure to check with the mum to be to see if she has a preference.

Ideally the baby shower celebration should not be held at the mum to be's house, so she doesn't have to clean up before and after the event. 

Remember that with every purchase of our Baby Shower in a Box, you will receive a FREE PDF baby shower planning checklist for hosting at home or at a venue.

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